Helen is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer, author and speaker in Physical activity/movement in Early and Primary Education with an MA in Early Childhood Physical Activity. Her training style is energetic, passionate and highly motivational. She has been working as a dance and movement specialist for over 19 years and continues to work directly with children. Helen is respected globally for her valued contribution to raising the profile of early years physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviours.
Helen’s consultancy now takes her all over the world, from Malaysia to Dubai, from China to Romania. The movement philosophy Helen promotes is to embed movement within the curriculum and framework to enable a movement philosophy. “Young children learn through movement, early years practice must adopt an approach which is accessible to all”. The embodiment of her practice is to raise confidence in the areas of movement play and physical activity. The training Helen delivers ranges from supporting educators in developing activities to support the Early Years Framework to working with coaches and PE leads to create a PE curriculum and methodology suited to young children.
Helen’s work with families and communities has been exemplary in exploring perceptions around movement and physical activity and subsequently the development of various initiatives and schemes to increase movement potential.
Helen was the lead physical development advisor on Change4life's 10 Minute Shake Up Cards (UK) and is frequently found presenting at education conferences across the globe. In 2021 Helen developed a Physical Phonics programme for The National Literacy Trust, the programme will be rolled out across the UK in the academic year 2021-2022.
2018 saw the release of Helen’s first publication Music and Movement: The Early Years, to find out more please visit: http://www.musicandmovement.o
Helen’s second publication with Bloomsbury publishers was released in Spring 2020.
Summer 2019 Helen conducted an action research project with reception children (4-5 years) for Birmingham City University on ‘Can delivering a movement-based intervention positively impact on attainment and well-being?’ After collating the data, results showed a significant increase in developmental maturity, communication skills, physical competency and PSE development, the study also saw increases in all areas of the Early Learning Goals.
The services I offer schools are:
Training and consultancy in early years movement, early years PE and Physical Activity
Workshops for young children in dance, holistic movement therapy, creative movement and storytelling to music
- Motivational speaker to raise the profile of physical activity within the school
- Innovative practices to support engagement and learning potential in young children
- Parents workshops to guide families to engage in family activities to promote learning and well-being
- Staff well-being workshops and courses